Defy illegal orders, PNP chief tells policemen


PNP Director General Alan Purisima

MANILA, Philippines — Shun unlawful orders and tell the truth.

PNP Director General Alan Purisima reminded policemen of these basic tenets as the 148,000-strong force prepared to mark its 22nd anniversary on Sunday, under a new brand: “Serbisyong Makatotohanan (Genuine Service).”

Earlier, Purisima announced the filing of administrative cases against all the policemen who took part in the controversial police operation in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6 that resulted in the killing of 13 people.

“We sympathize with the noncommissioned officers who were among those charged in connection with the Atimonan incident,” Purisima said on Thursday. But he added that it was not enough to just follow orders—these had to be legal and legitimate orders.

Citing the findings of the PNP Internal Affairs Service, Purisima said the policemen violated operational procedures when they set up the checkpoint that led to a supposed shootout with a group of alleged guns for hire and gambling lords.

After an initial investigation, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was quoted as saying that it was “definitely not a shootout.” There has been a speculation it was a rubout instigated by policemen linked to a rival gambling syndicate.

Thirteen of the 22 policemen involved in the Atimonan event were noncommissioned officers, or those with a rank of Senior Police Officer 4 or lower.

“We know that they just followed the orders of their superiors. This incident should serve as a lesson that when they follow orders from their commanders, make sure that they only follow legal orders,” the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.

The argument that they were ‘just following orders’ would not absolve them from administrative or criminal actions if those orders turn out to be illegal, he stressed.

If found guilty, the policemen may be dropped from the PNP rolls, face criminal charges and lose all financial benefits due them as government employees.

The PNP chief said the only way for the police personnel to extricate themselves from the situation was for them to disclose what really happened in Atimonan.

Said Purisima: “They were recruited into the police service because they are bright and upright. We have our own legal process and truth is always their best defense.”

Purisima, who held key posts at the municipal, provincial and regional police levels prior to his designation as the country’s top cop, expressed the hope that the Atimonan shooting would serve as an eye-opener for the police to improve their performance.

Charged in connection with the Atimonan case were SPO3 Joselito de Guzman, Senior Police Officers 1 Claro Cataquiz Jr. and Arturo Sarmiento, Police Officers 3 Benedict Dimayuga and Eduardo Oronan, Police Officers 2 Ronnie Serdena, Esperidion Corpuz, Nelson Indal and Al Bhazar Jailani, and Police Officers 1 Wryan Sardea, Rodel Talento, Allen Ayobo and Esperidion de Leon.

Also facing administrative charges were seven senior police officers — Supt. Hansel Marantan, the ground commander of the operation; Chief Insp. Grant Gollod; Supt. Ramon Balauag; Senior Insp. John Paulo Carracedo; and Inspectors Timoteo Orig, Ferdinand Aguilar and Evaristo San Juan.

Among those killed in the shooting was Victor “Vic” Siman, a suspected operator of the illegal numbers game “jueteng” in Laguna and Batangas.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas will lead the celeberation of the 22nd anniversary of the 148,000-strong police force, on Monday.

After the weekly flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame, Purisima will present to Roxas the PNP’s annual accomplishment report.

The two officials will also join families of policemen killed during police operations in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bantayog ng mga Bayaning Tagapamayapa, also at Camp Crame.

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  • Mamang Pulis

    filing of administrative cases against all the policemen who took part in the controversial police operation in Atimona

    if found guilty, the policemen may be dropped from the PNP rolls, face criminal charges and lose all financial benefits due them as government employees.

    sir –matanong lang—bakit si marantan laya pa rin ha?

    pag tapos ng paranaque incident? ganoon lang yun?

  • Mamang Pulis

    pucha–dapat may command responsibility ang team leader—[ground commander]

    akuin nya lahat yan kung lehitimo nga!

    wala ei onsehan—yun lang

  • Junior

    Kung hindi pulis din ang napatay ng mga ito abswelto na naman ito….magigising lang kung nakapatay ng Kabaro…..hay naku.

  • RyanE

    Obey first before you complain! I have heard ever since this statement and it sort of became a motto for policemen and military personnel. I guess Gen. Purisima should go back to the basics as it seems he knows nothing about field operations but politicking.

    • Mamang Pulis

      nautusan ni boy bawang roxas—

      kelangan may media para saksi na may ginagawa…

      in short–psywar

    • zafirol

      Well , you dont follow orders that are illegal. Is not that clear enough?Just because they tell you to jump off the building would you obey that too? That is the reason why you take a test to become a police office so they knew you have a brain. Even a robot would not follow if it is a wrong command.
      Gusto mo ba na mga police natin utusan mamalengke, magdriver, susundin dahil “obey before you compalint?”
      What if your superior tell you to stand in front of a running train , will you follow it?

  • cute79

    Mr Purisima,bakit ang isang pulis na may kaso ng kriminal ay mapopromote pa?Kaya maraming pulis sa pinas na umabuso sa kapangyarihan meron sila dahil kahit sangkot nas ilang kaso napromote pa tulad kay marantan at iba pa.Dapat kapag may ginawang mali ang isang pulis like kutong ,murder ay tanggal na sa serbisyo para matakot sila gumawa ng kalokohan.Sa ibang Bansa tanggal agad sa serbisyo malaki kasalanan man yan o maliit.kaya matino ang mga pulis nila ,di masuhulan ,tapat sa serbisyo.

  • bogli_anakdami

    defy illegal order daw, sabi ni bossing…

    allah eh, “define illegal orders, pnp tsip’…

  • Pio Gante

    everyday after school many years ago, i used to go to that quiet  little corner across mr. rafael’s monument and look proudly at my dads’ name inscribed in a square marble block there while hoping at the same time dreaming that someday i will join him in that roll of honor to those who had made the extreme sacrifice but sadly, to my dismay up to now, things didn’t go that way as i had ventured in another field. and although a failure at that, i still am doing everything not no dishonor the legacy of the man who lent me his name.

    service, honor, justice

    words to live by

    but hard

    to do,

    most especially the second one.,

  • Juan Delacruz

    “They were recruited into the police service because they are bright and upright”—f#ck you

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Eh hindi ba mas marami pa nga ang mga P01/2 ang gumagawa ng mga kalokohan dahil gusto agad mabawi ang pera na sinuhol bago maging pulis? Sigurado ako na pag hindi natanggal sa serbisyo ang mga kolokoy na ito lalo na si marantan ay mapo promote pa uli ang mga ungas na ito……magiging general yan si marantan tulad ni palparan naging general pa tinuntungan ang mga sinalvage para umangat!

  • OneSearch

    i’m more confused with this new police tsip statement – “defy illegal order”. tuwing may misyon ba ang mga ito ay kailangan magtanungan muna kung legal o illegal ang order? aba e aabutan lalo ng siyam siyam ang aksiyon ng mga ito. itinayo ang pnp college para maging professional ang mga dating naturingan pulis patola, wala yatang silbi ang ganitong sistema pag ganito na lang ang nangyayari na may mga illegal order pala at dapat mag-ingat ang mga kawawang maliliit na pulis bago sundin ang order. how about this (lifted from military’s ultimate rule)?  ” (1) obey first before you complain; and (2) if the senior officer is wrong, go back to rule number 1″

    • zafirol

       If your officer tell you to jump off the building, will you obey it first ? There is a reason why God gave you a brain . If one police shoot your mother because he is just following orders from the officer, how would that sound to you ?

      • OneSearch

        for the two scenarios you have asked me, “illegal” is not the apt word. more suited are “senseless”, “harebrained”, “dim witted”, “mindless” police officer giving that order. there are a dozen more in webster dictionary.

        obviously you will have these options if you are in these HYPOTHETICAL (or absurd?) scenarios you have asked me – shoot your officer first before you jump or shoot him first and don’t jump at all. for the second one, shoot the ba$tard that killed your mother and suffer the consequences later.


    birds of a feather get plucked together

  • $26606290

    Ok class, balik tayo sa kinder….

    Gen Sir!  Laki ng billboard natin sa Crame a.  Kelangan ba talaga yan.  Next time full body shot naman para kita yung pagkabutete mo.

    • OneSearch

      meron palang malaking billboard yan! aba e kunan agad ng picture at ma-ipost sa cyberspace para makunsyensiya agad sa simula pa lang at malaman niyang binabantayan siya ng publiko. tingnan mo ang mga statement sa itaas, pampulitika na agad. “defy illegal order” my a$$h!

  • Bansot

    Mr Purisima is out of his mind. The first thing that a new recruit was taught is to follow order, without question. It is not for them “to reason why”, but  “to do and die ” if necessary.(that’s the motto when you wear that uniform) The officers in charge are the one responsible for that “split of a second decision making”, particularly in a combat situation. Under a normal condition a soldier may have the chance to contemplate on a given order from his superior, but in a battle situation a ” split of a second”may make the difference between life or death, or who lives or die. Lastly, may I ask the good General if he will have the nerves to defy any order from  his “Commander in Chief”

  • Bansot

    General, the doctrine of “Comand Responsibility” emanates from this long time tradition that superior officers by virtue of their ranks can even shoot  subordinates who refused to follow orders. To implement your rule will signal the break down of strict military code of obedience and undermine the ability of officers to command their subordinates to carry out orders.

  • Rovingmoron

    Let’s see what will happen. The non-commissioned officers must come out of their shell to divulge the truth behind the Atimonan incident that killed 13 people. And that is if they they still want to feed their children. Otherwise, they will languish in jail, after they’re fired from the police service. The mistake of one cannot be the mistake of all.


    gen. pulpulisima ?

  • disqusted0fu

    PNP and legal orders do not go hand in hand, at least every once in a while. Speaking of legal orders, was the orders of the guns of these policemen legal? There were allegations that it was over priced. What happened with that? 

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